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Sprawlball : a visual tour of the new era of the NBA

by Goldsberry, Kirk Patrick,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 5 copies
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"Beautifully illustrated and sharply written, SprawlBall is both a celebration and a critique of the 3-point shot. If you want to understand how the modern NBA came to be, you'll need to read this book."
--Nate Silver, editor of

From the leading expert in the exploding field of basketball analytics, a stunning infographic decoding of the modern NBA: who shoots where, and how.

The field of basketball analytics has leaped to overdrive thanks to Kirk Goldsberry, whose visual maps of players, teams, and positions have helped teams understand who really is the most valuable player at any position. SprawlBall combines stunning visuals, in-depth analysis, fun, behind-the-scenes stories and gee-whiz facts to chart a modern revolution. From the introduction of the 3-point line to today, the game has changed drastically . . .

Now, players like Steph Curry and Draymond Green are leading the charge. In chapters like "The Geography of the NBA," "The Interior Minister (Lebron James)," "The Evolution of Steph Curry," and "The Investor (James Harden)," Goldsberry explains why today's on-court product--with its emphasis on shooting, passing, and spacing--has never been prettier or more democratic. And it's never been more popular. For fans of Bill Simmons and FreeDarko, SprawlBall is a bold new vision of the game, presenting an innovative, cutting-edge look at the sport based on the latest research, as well as a visual and infographic feast for fans.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Today's NBA is not your daddy's NBA. The three-point shot now dominates the sport, and rule changes have eliminated certain types of physical contact that allowed freer movement of players around the court. The poster child for the new NBA is Stephen Curry. He's a wonderful player, and the best three-point shooter in the game, but, 20 years ago, he might have been pounded into dust by the huge, physical guards who dominated the 1980s and '90s. Goldsberry, a pioneer in basketball analytics, was a professor at Harvard and Michigan State Universities and has worked for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. He details the evolution of the sport with a focus on such players as Curry, LeBron James, James Harden, and Draymond Green. The game, he points out, has become almost positionless, with the hulking big men of previous eras largely supplanted with quicker players who can defend multiple positions and, yes, shoot threes. This is a fascinating read for today's NBA fans, and the jaunty illustrations by Aaron Dana add both depth and fun.--Wes Lukowsky Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects National Basketball Association.
Basketball players -- United States -- Statistics.
Basketball -- United States -- Statistics.
Basketball -- Shooting.
Basketball -- United States.
Publisher Boston :2019
Other Titles Sprawl ball
Contributors Dana, Aaron, 1982- illustrator.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description 245 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781328767516
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